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Rush Limbaugh On Michael Sam: ‘Why Is It Heroic For A Gay Man To Play Football?’ (Audio)

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh says openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam is evidence of the assault on heterosexuals by the tiny percentage of America that is homosexual.

"Heteros--you say heterosexuality may be 95, 98 percent of the population -- they're under assault by the 2-5 percent that are homosexual," Limbaugh said. “Why is there a political agenda attached to and driven by homosexuality and there is no corresponding heterosexual agenda?”

“Why is it heroic for a gay man to play football?” he asked. “I'm just positing these questions, because there is an answer to all of these questions. And the answer is key and fundamental to understanding.”

Limbaugh said it’s important to the media and the White House, not the rest of America, that Sam succeed in the NFL.

He blamed the media for turning Sam into an icon and forcing him to be a gay rights activist.

“The media is gonna turn [Sam] — whether he wants to be one or not, they’re gonna turn him — into an activist. He is going to become one,” he said. “He’s the Rosa Parks, he’s the Martin Luther King, he’s the Jackie Robinson. They’re gonna turn this guy into an activist. … This is going to be a totally media driven-story, totally — and because of that, it’s gonna mess everything up.”

Furthermore, he says claims against the NFL alleging the sport is too dangerous and leads to serious health problems must be bunk if people are celebrating Sam entering the draft.

“Why is it OK now for a gay man to play football?” he asked. “I thought it was dangerous and leads to concussions, that it was barbaric. I thought that it was too dangerous and leads to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and early death, suicide, but yet, but yet, here comes the first announced gay guy and 'Hey cool, man, go for it!'”

“I thought last week it was stupid to play? Now all of a sudden it’s courageous?” he added. “Why is it courageous? Well, because he’s gay. All right. Well, what’s the courage? Where is the courage? Why does being gay make him courageous in entering the NFL?” 

Sources: Politico, Media Matters

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